Justice Chin’s explosive disclosure

It’s all over the papers, blogs, and all other websites that carry news. Justice Chin revealed the fact that he was threatened by “the then Prime Minister”. Dr Mahathir too long a name to pronounce?

Anyway, just to clarify the whole situation:

PETALING JAYA: A High Court judge here revealed that a former prime minister had threatened judges. Justice Datuk Ian H. C. Chin also said he and selected judges were sent to a boot camp to ensure they got the message.

In a report in the Borneo Post yesterday, that comes hot on the heels of the findings of the Royal Commission on the V.K. Lingam video clip, Justice Chin said the threat from the former prime minister came after he handed down two judgments in 1997.

“Shortly after the two judgments, the Judges Conference was held from April 24, 1997 where the then prime minister issued a thinly veiled threat to remove judges by referring them to a tribunal and stating that, though it may be difficult to do so, it was still done.”

Justice Chin said the former prime minister expressed unhappiness with what he termed ‘the Borneo Case’.

“Everyone knew which case he was referring to,” he added.

Full article here.

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Of course, different people have different takes and opinions on this.
Rocky’s Bru
Haris Ibrahim, The People’s Parliament
BigDog, The 13 million plus ringgit guy
Susan Loone

I resonate with Rocky on this one. Why did Justice Chin live with this for so long before suddenly deciding to disclose this now? Why now?

It definitely adds a lot of spice to the already hot issue with the Lingam tape. Will another Royal Commission be set up to investigate into this?

The Bar Council Malaysia has this to say in response to Justice Chin’s timely disclosure:

PETALING JAYA: A Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up to investigate into revelations by Sibu High Court Judge Datuk H. C. Ian Chin on “threats from the then prime minister”, Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan said.

“The allegation and other disclosures he made must be comprehensively looked into not only by the Chief Justice but also by all relevant parties,” she said.

Full article here.

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Ah…So they DO want to set up another Royal Commission. But is it going to be of any use at all? What is being done now that the Royal Commission for the Lingam Tape issue has put forward their recommendations for what should be done? Is anything being done at all? Are the investigations being carried out?

We don’t know for sure. Let’s assume in good faith that they are.

But to set up another Royal Commission? Why is it that suddenly Royal Commissions seem to be the only thing that they can set up to rectify a problem? Why must everything be solved by setting up a Tribunal, or a Commission?

These things are being paid for by us, the rakyat. And with everything increasing in price by 10% by next month, I don’t think I’d be too happy about the government using my hard-earned money by setting up endless Royal Commissions to rectify endless problems.

I say endless because there will be countless other “disclosures” by other people and other parties hereafter. 22 years is a very very long time, too long for someone to even TRY to be remotely clean. There’s bound to be more dirt under the carpet. If for every speck of dirt that we find, we are to set up a Royal Commission, we will be here till doomsday, and still we won’t see the end of it. And whatever money that should have went into developing our nation would be ill-spent on trying to get the authorities to move their butts and take actions according to the Royal Commissions that we set up using our money.

Besides, we know that the man (Dr M) doesn’t believe in Royal Commissions, don’t we?

ANYWAY, Dr M has declined to comment, both in the press and in his blog. He did say that he will in due time. Let’s see what he says then.

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